Former Hearts and Hibernian midfielder Michael Stewart believes that Rangers have “no fundamental issues” after their 2-2 draw with Benfica.
The Scottish Premiership leaders threw away a 2-0 lead at Ibrox on Thursday, after goals from Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe had put them ahead.
It was the second time that Steven Gerrard’s side had let a two-goal lead slip against the Lisbon side this season, but Stewart insisted there remain plenty of positives to take away for the Gers.
“Everything is positive for Rangers on the park at the moment,” he told BBC Sportsound after the game.
“They’ve got nothing to look at and be overly concerned about the way they are playing – it’s generally good, and yes they have conceded two goals but there are no fundamental issues. They’re still in a great position to get out of the group.”
Rangers were good against Benfica on Thursday and showed once again that they can match established Europa League sides.
With the Lisbon team down to 10 men in the home tie, it was tough to gauge how the Gers would match up to them on a normal night, but they more than held their own at Ibrox.
With six shots on target to Benfica’s two (via WhoScored), they had some good chances to score, but perhaps sat back a little bit too much in the closing stages as they looked to hold onto their lead.
In the away leg it was pushing up the field that saw them caught out and this was perhaps just an over-correction. However, it is likely that this team will adapt as they have shown the ability to do throughout Gerrard’s tenure.
Leon Balogun was largely excellent at the back, but could have made himself bigger for the equaliser, while Connor Goldson endured one of his most difficult nights in a Rangers shirt and could have done better on both goals. This team is improving by the week it seems though and it would be no surprise to see them readjust in time for their next match against this sort of calibre opposition.
In other Rangers news, these fans react to ‘outstanding’ ace at HT against Benfica